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Successful work boot camp continues to run smoothly

Job Readiness Boot Camp attendees before their tour of MI Windows and Doors. (George Johnston/Courier)

Job Readiness Boot Camp attendees before their tour of MI Windows and Doors. (George Johnston/Courier)

If the hype from the organizer and feedback from the participants of the Job Readiness Boot Camp is to be believed then the program so far has been a huge success.

The Yavapai County Contractors Association is really happy with how the Job Readiness program is running, said Sandy Griffis, executive director of Yavapai County Contractors Association. Griffis and the YCCA Board of Directors created the Job Readiness Boot Camp as a way to combat unemployment. The 3-week program teaches young adults, ages 18-25, trades skills and allows them chances to learn from industry professionals and gain hands-on experience.

Of the 29 young adults who signed up for the boot camp, 28 are still participating. The one young adult who left did so on the second day, Griffis said. There have been a few minor hiccups and schedule changes to accommodate industry professionals, but no disasters, according to Griffis.

“This has been fantastic,” Griffis said. “It has been energizing to see so many young adults interested not only in the construction field, but the different paths of employment they can take.”

Mitchell Cruz signed up for the boot camp because he wants to join the construction industry. He has previous construction experience, working with his uncle to put up dry wall. Cruz said he is not a scholar and higher education was not a desired option so he decided to do construction and sign up for the boot camp because it promised to be a foot in the door.

“I’m hoping to get a job and put something on my resume,” Cruz said.

The boot camp is running smoothly, according to Cruz, and everything has been copacetic.Cruz said he has learn a ton. He really enjoyed the concrete section of the boot camp and thinks concrete construction is where he wants a career.

“I think it’s pretty cool that people take time out of their day to help us out,” Cruz said.

Pauline Carresas’ family works in real estate and she joined the boot camp to learn more about the construction industry.

Carresas said the boot camp has been very interesting. Being a part of the boot camp has taught her things about construction she would have never thought about. Carresas said she learned there are more jobs in the construction industry than she thought.

“That’s the thing about the boot camp, you get to learn more about construction first hand,” Carresas said.

Carresas, like Cruz, plans to graduate from the boot camp. The 28-year-old said she may join her family in real estate, passing along the contacts made through the boot camp, but acknowledges life could have other plans for her.

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